The Hope of Peace

Romans 5:1, 6–8, Matthew 11:28–30

[The Apostle Paul writes]

Therefore, since we have been justified* through faith, we have peace** with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…

6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

[Jesus said]

28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

*justified simply means “declared right in the sight of God”
** this is ‘war is over’ peace

From last time, we might be left thinking:

What did Jesus do to bring us this hope of forgiveness, and who is it for?

1

Why does Paul say Jesus’ death was so significant?

2

What would it be like to have an internal settled rest, knowing you are at peace with God?

3

What does Jesus’ nickname, ‘Immanuel’, imply about who he is?

Food for thought

If Jesus really is ‘God with us’ – why is this such remarkable news?